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No heat My heater is not working, thats to say that I get a minimal amount of heat but only enough to defrost the bottom of my windshield. I checked the egine fan and sure enough it wasn't working.I hoped it was only a blown fuse but they're all good.Could a worn out thermostat cause the fan to not work. What should I try.

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You may need a GOOD new thermostat. I had the same problem twice on my first generation Dakota. The problem for me turned out to be the DODGE thermostat I used to replace the old Dodge part. I went and got a Stant from local auto parts store using the standard temperature spec and quit shivering the next time I drove it. I hope that helps!

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

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    I was reviewing similar issues and found the following tip. Start with the basics... Is there plenty of coolant in the system. Many people including myself have overlooked the obvious. THEN...

    Try the thermostat solution. I guess when the thermostat gets old it opens up too soon and prevents the engine from running at the corect temperature. You may get better gas mileage and performance out of the deal as well.

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